High-speed chase driver trapped by airbag DNA

A TEENAGER tried to make police believe he was not the driver of a car involved in a high-speed chase in Dewsbury.

Owais Amjid was found in the passenger seat of a Toyota Yaris which crashed into a squad car last New Year’s Eve.

The trainee mechanic, then aged 17, was rumbled when his DNA was found on the driver’s airbag.

Amjid, of Ashfield, Thornhill Lees, admitted at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

The court heard Amjid attracted police attention due to his car’s loud exhaust and uneccessary use of the horn.

Rory Byrne, prosecuting, said officers tried to pull Amjid over but he sped away.

He said: “They pursued the vehicle through residential streets, reaching 50mph in 30mph areas.

“He headed onto Slaithwaite Road, where he veered onto the opposite side of the carriageway.

“The incident came to a head when the vehicle collided head-on with a marked police vehicle which was trying to stop the car.”

An Asian male seen climbing out was initially arrested as the driver but later released.

Amjid accepted he was the driver as his DNA was found on the airbag.

Anne-Marie Hatton, for Amjid, said: “At the time he was not a legitimate driver and it boils down to a lack of judgement.”

District Judge Michael Fanning adjourned sentencing for reports and banned him from driving in the meantime.

He told Amjid: “It’s a shockingly bad example of driving. You put at peril other road users.

“If somebody had stepped out you would have killed them. You then drove smack bang into a police car coming the other way.

“You need to be made an example of, so other people who behave in this way know there are consequences.”

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